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Innoventure inspires young minds

Date: 05/01/2014

It is often said that children are our future, and for the past 11 years, New Mexico State University has given young students from around the state the opportunity to open their minds and become young inventors. For Marie Borchert, the step into the future begins with Innoventure.

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Marie Borchert is an education specialist for Arrowhead Center at NMSU and director of the Innoventure program in the Entrepreneurship Institute.

Borchert, an education specialist for Arrowhead Center at NMSU and director of the Innoventure program in the Entrepreneurship Institute, has worked at the university for 11 years.

?What I like most about my job is working with the students,? Borchert said. ?They are fantastic people, they have really interesting ideas and are exciting to be around. When I see the different projects they come up with I don?t worry about the future because I see a lot of fantastic people growing up who will be our future.?

A program for middle- and high- school students, Innoventure encourages students to use science, technology, engineering and math to solve business problems. Students have the opportunity to create something new and innovative that may have true marketability with Innoventure. The program was an idea put forth by Arrowhead Center CEO Kathy Hansen.

?Because my background is in education, I took that idea and pushed it out,? Borchert said. ?Initially we only had schools from Las Cruces involved, and since then we have been able to expand it.?

Borchert runs an annual Innoventure competition in the spring, along with a summer camp for children, that helps the students understand the process of developing technological products from the idea phase to production.

?I am really proud that it has lasted as long as it has,? Borchert said. ?A lot of different programs within education will only last as long as the initial grant. There is a lot of constant revolution within educational programs. When you find one that has been able to attract funding apart from the initial grant, it shows that there is there is educational value in it. We are really proud of the fact that it has lasted the long term and it will continue to do so.?

Written by Samuel Horstman



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